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Participation in Dump the Pump day on June 18 was at its highest with more than 176 cities and transit systems across the U.S. showing support for using public transportation. Valley Metro encouraged drivers to save money, time and stress by taking public transit, carpooling, vanpooling, teleworking, bicycling or walking instead of driving solo.
Elected officials from Avondale, Glendale, Phoenix, Surprise, Tempe and Tolleson rode buses or visited transit centers on June 16 to encourage residents to make the pledge to dump the pump on June 18. More than 1,100 Valley residents took the pledge for a chance to win a free iPad. Transit agencies across Arizona also encouraged residents to use local transportation systems including Flagstaff, Tucson and Yuma.
Public transportation use in the U.S. saves 4.2 billion gallons of gas annually according to the American Public Transportation Association. In addition, the June APTA Transit Savings Report finds individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $9,500 annually by downsizing to one car.